NW Report August September 2015

5th-9th August:- Bulldog Bash, Stratford upon Avon

Took MAG National Stand to the Bulldog Bash as MAP were unable to support this year. Was made to feel very welcome, had a prime spot in the Custom Bike Show Big Top. Only picked up a handful of memberships but took a substantial amount in donations.

14-16th August:- Jesters MCC Rally, Whittingham Lancs

Ran the NW MAG stand at this event as well as helping run the rally

6th September:- Taliesin MCC Bike Show, Widnes

Took the NW MAG stand to this event with support from Blackpool and Salford MAG. Good attendance and hoping to get the Taliesin to affiliate to MAG as many are already full members and very supportive.

11th September:- Salford MAG fund raiser at the Duke of York

.Could not attend as had other personnel commitments but reported good turnout and hopefully monies raised.

16th September:- NW Alliance meeting Gypsy Divas, Haslingden

I attended the meeting along with other NW local group reps. Lots of concern at the meeting for Jimmy Torrence, Manchester MAG rep who had recently suffered a major stroke. Manchester MAG was represented by Grem who also gave us the latest news on Jimmy Torrence who has suffered a major stroke.

18th – 20th September Spat out of Tsunami

Great to be back in the valley at the Farmyard site. Really chilled out weekend apart from the “poppers” incident. Well done to all involved.

27th September:- MAD MCC & Morecambe Classic Bikes Charity Run

            Helped out with the Road Marshalling of this event. Ran from Morecambe to the Devils Disciples Bike Show in Ramsbottom. Got talking with the members of Morecambe Classics who want to run a bike show on Morecambe Promenade next summer and they are hoping that MAG can help run it with all profits going to MAG. Needs further discussion but sounds good. Met up with Jimmy Torrence at the show who is looking better than expected but it will be a long road to full recovery.

4th  October:- Hercules Charity Run, Preesall Over Wyre

Once again NW MAG were tasked with organising the Road Marshalling of this annual event which is in its 13th year. The run took 117 bikes 115 miles from Preesall to Brougham Hall Penrith over some of the most beautiful countryside. Very stressful yet enjoyable day. We had help from Blood bikes this year which does help when you have bikes with “blues and twos”.

Other news from around the region

I have been busy in-between jobs creating a couple of excel worksheets that can be used to update the source code on the affiliated MAG clubs page and also the local group meetings page, although I did get them mixed up at one stage. This will save a lot of time in updates and once the new site is up and running, these tools will still have some use. It also gave me an excuse to contact the clubs for details of their Facebook and websites so that links can be included with their club listings. A number of correspondences have sprung up due to this and I have also been chasing up some clubs whose memberships have lapsed. .

As already mentioned, Jimmy Torrence suffered a major stroke last month but he is in good spirit and is up and about, hopefully he will make a full recovery

I am still helping to coordinate modifications to the new web-site and upgrade of our IT systems, details in the Board report. I will not be at the NC meeting this August due to helping out with the MAG stand at Mobile Chaos MCC Rally


Best Regards,

Tony Cox, NW Regional Rep.